Education & Reference
Ohio Farm Bureau provides teachers with resources to help them educate their students about agriculture. Ohio Farm Bureau is Ohio’s representative to the national Ag in the Classroom program, which is coordinated nationally by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Ag is Cool program takes place each year at the Ohio State Fair featuring multiple interactive stations offering interesting activities, such as milking a real cow. Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio State Fair and the Buckeye State's agricultural commodity groups, the 2013 Ag is Cool! program activities included:
- State Fair admission to fourth-graders and chaperone;
- An opportunity for fourth-graders to compete for a scholarship;
- Free State Fair admission for fourth-grade teachers;
- A chance for fourth-grade teachers to win a classroom grant;
- An art contest for K-12 to illustrate how Ohio Ag is Cool!
The program will continue in 2014.
Ohio Farm Bureau and Our Ohio have developed educational exercises based on select articles that have been published in Our Ohio magazine. These student activities meet Ohio Academic Content Standards and are prepared by Camille Kopczewski, a former sixth grade social studies teacher for South-Western City Schools. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. Visit the Agriculture section at OurOhio.org to access these high-quality lessons.
What Is Agriculture In The Classroom?
Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) has a goal of helping teachers and students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society. In Ohio the AITC program is coordinated by staff in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Communications division and delivered to teachers and students by county Farm Bureau members. Nationally the AITC program is coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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County Farm Bureau Activities
County Farm Bureaus often donate children's books to schools and libraries, conduct farm tours, visit classrooms with programs about agriculture and collaborate with other community groups to host agricultural literacy events. Please contact the county Farm Bureau in your area for current programs and activities.
Several types of agricultural-related educational materials are available for purchase, including copies of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Children’s Literature Award books. Shipping and handling fees vary by county. To order, contact your county Farm Bureau office.
- We grow in Ohio coloring book
- Window on your Waterways
- Farm Facts booklet
- Commodity poster and card
- Lessons in Economics
- 2013 Children’s Literature Award book, "The Guardian Team: On the job with Rena and Roo"